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Much Further Out Than You Thought (the MolinoGroup)

By | Published on Wednesday 26 August 2015

Much Further Out Than You Thought

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in soldiers is rarely discussed. As this play points out, it’s hidden by the media because it doesn’t fit the view of the ‘hero’, who perhaps, in reality, is broken from the inside out. The play does a pretty good job of exploring this pressing issue as, like many soldiers, our hero fails to make the transition from Afghanistan to life back home. It’s an intense performance, but at times feels too melodramatic to truly connect. Though his condition is explained expertly – the main draw of the play – Lance Corporal Randall clings on to his soldier’s identity too much to truly be seen as human. Despite the plot’s attempts to humanise, it always feels slightly artificial.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 30 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Robert Stevens]